The 3-in-1 Whole Animal System delivers accurate and flexible measurement of rodent muscle properties in-situ, in-vivo and in-vitro. Ideal for live animal protocols, including injury and longitudinal studies, it evaluates the mechanical characteristics of intact muscle of rats, either isolated in-situ, with a footplate (in-vivo) or isolated in-vitro. Experimental setup, data collection and data analysis can all be done in a matter of minutes.
By combining in-situ, in-vivo and in-vitro muscle tests, researchers are able to capture a complete picture of muscle physiology in rats. The test system comes with the rat apparatus, complete with temperature controlled animal and limb plates designed to support and fix the animal and limb being tested. It can be converted to an isolated (in-vitro) muscle test system with the attachment of an optional 25 mL bath. Aurora Scientific’s flagship Dual-Mode lever system is also included, permitting measurement and control of both force and length.
Muscle samples are attached at only one point to measure force and length saving time and increasing productivity. The system includes our high-power, field stimulator and all required electrodes.
Control and analysis software comes pre-loaded on a custom PC. Experimental setup, data collection and data analysis can all be done in a matter of minutes with our control and analysis software (DMC/DMA). Parameters such as resting length, resting force, stimulation and the actual test protocol are all set using the control software. An extensive library of standard experimental protocols such as twitch, tetanus, fatigue, force-frequency, force-velocity, stiffness and work loops are also provided with the system.